Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala will face a three match ban after he failed his appeal

Daniel Ayala will serve a three match ban after failing in his appeal for his sending off in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. Credit: PA Images

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala will serve a three-match ban after his red card appeal was unsuccessful, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

Ayala was sent off in Boro's FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday for serious foul play.

The Spanish defender will miss Boro's next two Premier League games against Watford and West Ham and their FA Cup fourth round tie against Accrington Stanley.